ITC Franklin™ font family


Designed by David Berlow in 2008

About ITC Franklin™ font family

The ITC Franklin™ typeface design marks the next phase in the evolution of one of the most important American gothic typefaces. Morris Fuller Benton drew the original design in 1902 for American Type Founders (ATF); it was the first significant modernization of a nineteenth-century grotesque. Named in honor of Benjamin Franklin, the design not only became a best seller, it also served as a model for several other sans serif typefaces that followed it.

Originally issued in just one weight, the ATF Franklin Gothic family was expanded over several years to include an italic, a condensed, a condensed shaded, an extra condensed and, finally, a wide. No light or intermediate weights were ever created for the metal type family.

In 1980, under license from American Type Founders, ITC commissioned Victor Caruso to create four new weights in roman and italic - book, medium, demi and heavy - while preserving the characteristics of the original ATF design. This series was followed in 1991 by a suite of twelve condensed and compressed designs drawn by David Berlow.

ITC Franklin Gothic was originally released as two designs: one for display type and one for text. However, in early digital interpretations, a combined text and display solution meant the same fonts were used to set type in any size, from tiny six-point text to billboard-size letters. The problem was that the typeface design was almost always compromised and this hampered its performance at any size.

David Berlow, president of Font Bureau, approached ITC with a proposal to solve this problem that would be mutually beneficial. Font Bureau would rework the ITC Franklin Gothic family, enlarge and separate it into distinct text and display designs, then offer it as part of its library as well. ITC saw the obvious value in the collaboration, and work began in early 2004.

The project was supposed to end with the release of new text and display designs the following year. But, like so many design projects, the ITC Franklin venture became more extensive, more complicated and more time consuming than originally intended.

The 22-font ITC Franklin Gothic family has now grown to 48 designs and is called simply ITC Franklin. The new designs range from the very willowy Thin to the robust Ultra -- with Light, Medium, Bold and Black weights in between. Each weight is also available in Narrow, Condensed and Compressed variants, and each design has a complementary Italic.

In addition to a suite of new biform characters (lowercase characters drawn with the height and weight of capitals), the new ITC Franklin Pro fonts also offer an extended character set that supports most Central European and many Eastern European languages.

ITC Franklin Text is currently under development.
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Font Feature: ITC Franklin
Font Designer: David Berlow

ITC Franklin

Desktop fonts

48 Typefaces

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STD supports at least 21 languages.

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ITC Franklin™ Thin
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ITC Franklin™ Thin Italic
US$ 54
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ITC Franklin™ Light
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ITC Franklin™ Light Italic
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ITC Franklin™ Medium
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ITC Franklin™ Medium Italic
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ITC Franklin™ Bold
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ITC Franklin™ Bold Italic
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ITC Franklin™ Black
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ITC Franklin™ Black Italic
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ITC Franklin™ Ultra
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ITC Franklin™ Ultra Italic
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ITC Franklin™ Condensed Thin
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ITC Franklin™ Condensed Thin Italic
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ITC Franklin™ Condensed Light
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ITC Franklin™ Condensed Light Italic
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ITC Franklin™ Condensed Medium
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ITC Franklin™ Condensed Medium Italic
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ITC Franklin™ Condensed Bold
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ITC Franklin™ Condensed Bold Italic
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ITC Franklin™ Condensed Black
US$ 54
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ITC Franklin™ Condensed Black Italic
US$ 54
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ITC Franklin™ Condensed Ultra
US$ 54
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ITC Franklin™ Condensed Ultra Italic
US$ 54
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ITC Franklin™ Narrow Thin
US$ 54
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ITC Franklin™ Narrow Thin Italic
US$ 54
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ITC Franklin™ Narrow Light
US$ 54
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ITC Franklin™ Narrow Light Italic
US$ 54
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ITC Franklin™ Narrow Medium
US$ 54
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ITC Franklin™ Narrow Medium Italic
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ITC Franklin™ Narrow Bold
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ITC Franklin™ Narrow Bold Italic
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ITC Franklin™ Narrow Black
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ITC Franklin™ Narrow Black Italic
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ITC Franklin™ Narrow Ultra
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ITC Franklin™ Narrow Ultra Italic
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ITC Franklin™ Compressed Thin
US$ 54
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ITC Franklin™ Compressed Thin Italic
US$ 54
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ITC Franklin™ Compressed Light
US$ 54
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ITC Franklin™ Compressed Light Italic
US$ 54
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ITC Franklin™ Compressed Medium
US$ 54
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ITC Franklin™ Compressed Medium Italic
US$ 54
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ITC Franklin™ Compressed Bold
US$ 54
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ITC Franklin™ Compressed Bold Italic
US$ 54
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ITC Franklin™ Compressed Black
US$ 54
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ITC Franklin™ Compressed Black Italic
US$ 54
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ITC Franklin™ Compressed Ultra
US$ 54
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ITC Franklin™ Compressed Ultra Italic
US$ 54
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